Sept. 21, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeff Hammond announced Friday the hiring of Kent Hegenauer as Senior Associate Athletic Director/Director of Internal Operations. The hiring is subject to approval by the IHL Board of Trustees.
Hegenauer has been on the Golden Eagle staff since 2008, where his previous title was Associate Athletic Director/Internal Affairs, where he oversaw event management, personnel, ticket sales and ticket operations.
In Hegenauer's new role, he will also have direct oversight and provide leadership in the areas of budget, policies and procedures, facilities and premium seating.
"We are proud to have Kent assume the critical position as our Director of Internal Operations," Hammond said. "He is smart, creative, dedicated and possesses all the necessary qualities to make a significant difference in our overall athletics operations."
Prior to Southern Miss, he served as the Director of Ticket Operations at the University of South Carolina from 2005 to 2008 and the Director of Ticket Operations at TCU from 2003 to 2005.
In 2003, he ended a four-year stint at Michigan State where he served as the Assistant Ticket Manager, Michigan State University. He also had a two-year stop at C-USA member Tulane, where he was a ticket manager in 1998.
Hegenauer, a native of Saginaw, Mich., is a 1996 graduate of Indiana University.
What they are saying about Kent Hegenauer...
"I have been truly fortunate to have worked with Kent at two different universities. Everyone Kent has worked with found him to be extremely industrious, sincere, professional and a quality person. I know Kent's promotion is well deserved and we all are excited for him and USM."
- Eric Hyman, Director of Athletics, Texas A&M University
"Kent Hegenauer had a significant impact on the growth of the athletic department at Michigan State University. He understands that this is college sports and we have a role within higher education, but we are part of something broader. He brings fun, attention to detail and an ability to see the big picture to work every day."
- Mark Hollis, Director of Athletics, Michigan State University
"Kent Hegenauer is a tireless worker who always goes the extra mile on behalf of the student-athletes, coaches, staff and customers. He brings a wealth of experience to his new role as Senior Associate Director of Athletics. Kent will draw upon his years of dedicated service at Tulane, Michigan State University, TCU, the University of South Carolina and The University of Southern Mississippi and be a wonderful addition to the senior staff at Southern Miss. This is a great promotion for Kent and Southern Miss."
- Kevin O'Connell, Chief Operating Officer, University of South Carolina Department of Athletics